Ruling party condemns attempts to politicize suspension
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned what it called attempts by certain individuals and groups to politicize the suspension of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Sanusi Lamido.
President Goodluck Jonathan had on Thursday suspended Mr. Sanusi from office over alleged financial recklessness and official misconduct.
However, many Nigerians have criticized the president’s action, attributing it to Mr. Sanusi’s allegation that the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, failed to remit $20 billion oil money to government account.
He had earlier written Mr. Jonathan alleging that the corporation did not remit $49.8 billion.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, on Sunday, the PDP said the issues leading to Mr. Sanusi’s suspension strictly bordered on the management of the nation’s economy and urged Nigerians to disregard those attempting to politicize or introduce sentiments into the matter.
The ruling party said it had “implicit confidence in President Goodluck Jonathan and his efforts to ensure the stability and growth of the economy” adding that the decision was in the best interest of the nation.”
It dismissed insinuations that the suspension was aimed at silencing a whistle blower and promoting corruption.
The PDP said after thorough analysis of the issues surrounding the suspension, “it was clear that the decision was in tandem with the commitment of the Federal Government to safeguard the CBN and the entire financial sector from abuses.”
It stated that the findings of the Financial Reporting Council revealed series of administrative recklessness in the CBN which are “very weighty and cannot be swept under the carpet of politics and sentiments.”
Debunking suggestions that the suspension would negatively affect the economy, the PDP observed that instead, it had restored confidence in the financial sector and in Government’s ability to check abuses harmful to the system.
The PDP urged Nigerians not to be swayed by those seeking to play politics with the matter and that that Mr. Sanusi should have nothing to fear if he had no skeleton in his cupboard.